A Leeds Fixer, who was bullied at school, has finished his art installation which gives students the chance to experience what it feels like to be picked on.
Curtis Boylan was teased throughout his youth because of injuries he sustained in his early childhood after being knocked down by a car.
The accident resulted in him losing mobility in his left leg and arm, and walking with a limp.
With the help of Fixers, the 19-year-old has created a ‘tunnel of fear’ art installation to be used in schools.
Students will be led through the 6-foot high structure while being subjected to pre-recorded ‘verbal attacks’ which aim to show young people what being a victim of bullying is like.
‘I think it will make young people think twice before calling someone names or being nasty towards them because they will get a taste what it’s like to be a victim,’ Curtis explains.
‘I know what it feels like to be bullied. If we can help people understand what I and many others have gone through, then it might stop them from bullying others in the future.’
The installation has been built inside the David Young Academy in Seacroft, Leeds and will be used by classes as an educational tool.
‘I guess the thing for me was combating how some people just judge a book by its cover,’ Curtis adds.
‘Working with Fixers has been really amazing. They’re really passionate about what they do and it really shows.
‘Bullying affects people and often stays with you for a long time. If we can stop just one person then it would have been worth it.’
Curtis is currently studying performing arts at college and hopes one day to become an actor.
However he is determined not to let the bullies get in the way of his dream and urges other victims of bullying not to let people put them down.
‘The bullying used to really affect me; sometimes I would cry myself to sleep.
‘I now want to help others who are in the same position I was. And hopefully this will.’
You can watch the installation footage above.